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Mar 26, 2013 1:00pm PDT
interesting that people like george bush themselves thought it was important to change the constitution because by definition the president felt there was something wrong with it. he wanted a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage as a suggestive point that there's something in the constitution that the ninth circuit court of appeals agreed and the lower court in san fr francisco -- >> well, that is an interesting point. if it were in the constitution, there wouldn't be any need for a constitutional amendment. >> this is totally misreading the history. the reason you need constitutional amendments is exactly because of what's happening at the supreme court. this is not a decision the court should be making. the people of the state ofc california have a right to have their voices heard. and the reason that constitutional amendments on the state level were passed was because activist judges at the state level beginning in massachusetts were imposing their will on the voters and basically saying we don't care what you think. this is coming whether you like it or not and we're go
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Mar 19, 2013 7:00pm PDT
officer and he's experienced the region. fran is in the bush 43 administration. she currently sits on the exterm advisory committee. if we take senator finestein that there's a high probability that these weapons have been used, that it may well take some action. what does that action exactly look like. >> as you say, as chair of the senate intelligence committee, we have to assume she's been briefed and there's a basis for her statement. so we ought to take that pretty seriously. she also went onto say that the u.s. is able to verify that. but they'll be able to do that pretty short order. what that means, anderson, you do what you did in libya, which is only air strike using a coalition. owe're going to need some forces in the ground. there are known to be about four dozen chemical weapon sites. and that underscores the magnitude of this problem. the president presumably will want to put a coalition together. it will take a lot of people to be able to do this effectively. it will require air assets but it will also require ground forces. >> bob, obviously a lot of viewers when th
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Mar 20, 2013 1:00am PDT
. election news. cnn can now project that elizabeth colbert bush, the sister of stephen colbert won the democratic primary of south carolina. there is no projection yet on the gop side. >>> and the pakistani teenager shot in the head by the taliban for promoting education for girls five months ago. she lives in england now. today she went back to school for the first time since the attack. here's how she described her return to the classroom. >> i think it is the happiest moment that i'm going back to my school. today i held my books, my bag, i talked to my friends, i will talk to my teacher. >> an incredible young girl. >>> an update on another recovery to tell you about. interior secretary ken salazar said the statue of liberty will reopen to the public by the fourth of july. lady liberty has been closed since october when it was damaged during super storm sandy. >>> nasa and white house officials told a congressional committee that the nation's asteroid detection program is behind schedule and billions of dollars are needed to keep americans safe from space threats like the meteo
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Mar 20, 2013 12:00am PDT
anniversary of george bush's announcement that america was at war with iraq. 55 people killed. more than 200 wounded. very hard to see that there is anything but chronic instability and continued hideous bloodshed there. what is your take? >> it's such a tragedy really the way things have unfolded in iraq. just looking at iraqi faces, seeing how pale they had become. we are hearing after one attack after another. people's voices actually began trembling. this is violence that, first of all, the iraqis never even imagined would end up being the outcome of america's war in iraq. so many of them hoped and dreamed they would have true freedom, democracy, that their horizons would be open. they have dealt with everything, all of the violence that wrecked this country over the past ten years. to be reminded of it again on the tenth anniversary shocked people and completely and totally devastated them, piers. >> it comes of course as the crisis in syria reaches what could be a tipping point where there are reports that president assad, although still unconfirmed and his people are saying,
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Mar 20, 2013 2:00pm PDT
powell's facebook page and e-mails of the bush family. a shadowy figure is said to be behind the hacking. we're trying to figure out just what is going on, just who the guccifer as it is pronounced is. brian todd is walking into the situation room right now. you've been looking into the story. what are you finding out? >> this is a very mysterious figure and he has the u.s.'s best investigators after him. we have confirmed as wolf mentioned this afternoon the secret service is investigating the hacks of e-mails sent to hillary clinton by a former aide. experts worry the perpetrator may start to target e-mails mrs. clinton, herself, and others will send. a hacker who is reported to have broken into correspondence involving former presidents apparently has found a new target. confidential memos to hillary clinton from a former aide have been hacked according to the website smoking gun. the secret service says it is investigating. smoking gun says it has been in touch with the hacker known as guccifer. the memo which they say was in the e-mail of a former aide had information on the septemb
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Mar 22, 2013 4:00pm PDT
was one for bush 43 who said that he felt that this was kind of high. this amount of money for, you know, more than $500,000 in paris and about that in london. but also conceded there are a ton of factors that drive of the cost, empty rooms for security. hotel may require a compensation for displacing guests and we were -- i do have to tell you the vice president's office referred us to the state department here and they say these costs are nothing out of the ordinary. and they sort of spelled out all of these folks that need to go along with the vice president. they said the contract costs cover the entire range of support including accommodations for military, communications, secret service staff, et cetera. erin? >> all right, brianna, thank you very much. >>> i -- this astounds me. i'm sorry. my guests join me now and let me start with you, hill rich. it seems to me, sure, you need to have security. you need to have these things done right. no one is going to deny. that but 136 people, 800 room nights. a lot of those people probably, i would bet, this is kind of a you have a rea
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Mar 26, 2013 9:00am PDT
boyce in bush v. gore. how did you do that? go it was interesting. the four of us were having lunch and a friend of ours came by and said i think you might be interested to find out that ted olson is on your side. i couldn't believe it. i was floored. this is a man, like you know you said argued bush v. gore. he got me depressed for two days. i couldn't get out of bed. and i thought, those is the guy that's going to be on our side. chad went to new york, met with him, he came out to california, i met with him. and he gave the most impassioned plea for why everyone should have the equal rights and the right to marry. i thought, wow, if ted olson is willing to take up the case and take our cause, this takes the pa partisanship. it's not democrat, republican, conservativi conservative liberal. ted suggested david boyce. i thought a grand slam home run of all time. two guys that opposed each other on bush v. gore are arguing on the same side for marriage equality. >> on a matter, yes, suzanne says, an odd couple, indeed. you've got to say proposition 8 approved by voters, 52-48%. what about
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Mar 26, 2013 4:00pm PDT
george w. bush 44% of the hispanic vote and in states like pennsylvania and ohio, where there were marriage amendments on the ballot, between 10% and 20% of the american african vote. any republican nominee for president would take that in a new york minute today and george w. bush did it by being unapologetically pro-marriage. >> ann, interesting point that ralph raises. dr. randall lando, religious voice in the republican party said that young members of his community are over this. and i want to quote what he said. get your reaction. he said basically, talking about the young people, they just don't think it's something we want to talk about. they say it feels intolerant. we believe what we believe. they have a right to believe what they want only the. marriage should be a church thing. not a legal thing. that's not a repudiation of the issue here but that is saying, let's not make it an issue for our party. >> and i think that's -- i think that's a right way to go about it. it should not be a banner issue for the republican party but republicans and everybody else has got to ac
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Mar 24, 2013 6:00am PDT
. bush made fun of his greatest weakness, speaking english. now you have obama turning the table a bit. he makes fun of himself, but he uses comedy like a comedian, like a weapon, it's very effective. >> other presidents have had some good lines of their own. here's george w. bush at the 2008 correspondents dinner poking fun at then-candidates. >> next year a new president will be standing up here. i have to say i'm kind of surprised we don't have more presidential candidates here tonight, like any. senator mccain's not here. he probably wanted to distance himself from me a little bit. you know, he's not alone. jenna's moving out too. the two democratic candidates aren't here either. senator clinton couldn't get into the building because of sniper fire and senator obama's at church. >> all right. how is that any different than obama, dean? really. >> where did you find that? that ruins my entire thesis of my article. i can't believe you would find that and ruin it. it's true, some presidents and i read about them and i even reagan used a few jokes sometimes about his enemies -- or
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Mar 23, 2013 10:00pm PDT
a weapon. first president bush doing the p presidential humor and we have seen more than a couple from president obama. >> this is my last white house correspondent dinner as president. i'm not sure what i will do next, and after he left office, vice president gore won an oscar and the nobel peace prize. hey, i don't know, i might win a prize, the publishing clearinghouse or something. >> hey, i went shopping at some stores in midtown. i understand that governor romney went shopping for some stores in midtown. >>> it is great to be here in the evening in this vast magnificent hilton ballroom or what mitt romney would call a little fixer upper e. >> dean, you see this as a big change in the presidential joking? >> yes, it is, and i wrote about it in the cnn opinion article which people can go to see the contrast of jokes of reagan making fun of himself being old, and bush making fun of his ability to speak english and as comedians we did, and so did he. self-deprecating humor is always likable, because i should be more self-deprecating and so people would like me, and that is my dr
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Mar 20, 2013 2:00am PDT
election, he'll face off against democrat elizabeth colbert-bu colbert-bush. >> people love a comeback story, don't they? >> he says he is going to support his sister. >> all right. one more story to tell you about, folks. the man whose 911 call may have prevented a campus massacre at the university of central florida speaking out saying how it all went down. police say suspect james cumaran pulled the fire arm at the ufc dorm when his roommate came out to investigate the suspect. allegedly pointed an assault rifle right at him. here's what he told anderson cooper. >> i was not going to let him shoot me. i just slammed the door, locked it and i moved away from the door in case he fired at the door. i took some cover in my room so he wouldn't, like, be able to -- the pull lets wouldn't be able to penetrate anything and i called 911. >> completely calm for someone who has just gone through that. by the time officers arrived, he was dead from a self inflicted gunshot wound. he had detailed plans for a campus massacre, four homemade bombs, handgun, assault weapon and 1,000 rounds of ammuni
CNN
Mar 19, 2013 9:00pm PDT
versus bush. >> i'm talking about the real government, wall street, the banks, the corporations that made $2 trillion is what we spent on the iraq war. who made that money? soldiers in the field? no, i don't think so. this is always about the people who have the purse strings and the politicians who are bought off by them, and so if they come on now and tell me anything about this, you know, ahmadinejad is building a bomb, really? well, i'll believe it, you know, when he walks in a room with it and shows it to me. frankly that's really how much i would not trust anything being said by the military industrial complex of this great country. >> when you see what happens in just today in baghdad, 55 people killed if i think 17 different bombings, two other assassinations took place, 200-plus people wounded. that's a typical day in baghdad. >> that's right. >> over the last few years. >> that's right. >> i mean, this is not peace. >> right. >> this is not democracy. >> this is not freedom. >> right. >> what is it? >> what it is is -- first of all, we set this thing up to where we supporte
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Mar 24, 2013 10:00am PDT
will be as high as it was in 1991, 1992. we actually had interest payments over 3% of gdp under bush one and then came way down. so when people say look at the scary numbers about rising interest payments, the scenario we are supposed to be afraid of are the things going back to the way they were 20 years ago which doesn't seem all that scary. >> let's look at. that we have a chart with precisely that. this is the net interest payments and this is assuming fairly modest rate increases. what you see here is nonentitlement spending. you see how they come down. what i want to ask you, as a liberal, don't you worry that if entitlements continue to go up and nothing is done about it what is going to happen is forget about defense but look at nondefense discretionary spending. this is education, spending all of the programs that you are passionate about that will be squeezed as entitlement spending is larger and larger. >> they will be squeezed. if we look beyond, look at 2025, 2030, something has to give. we can't keep squeezing nondefense, ndd, nondefense discretionary. that is already p
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Mar 19, 2013 11:00am PDT
, from essence magazine, the managing editor, vanessa bush, and a political comedian. welcome to all of you. dean, i don't know if you watch the show at all, but listening to lily tomlin, do you think she has a point? >> forget the sex. lena dunham is naked all the time. do they not have a wardrobe budget? but about the sex, it's part of the character. it's part of the story line. they're not objectifying women like we see on show after show. so i think it's part of the show, creative process and she should have every right to do this. >> vanessa. >> i kind of did disagree. i was really struck by what tomorr tomlin was saying. there is still an ambivalence that we have about our sexuality, our sexual freedom and how we should express it. >> she said the girls become more accessible, maybe not wisely accessible. a lot of young girls are expected to give a certain sexual act now. young, young girls, maybe 12, 13 years old. that's a right of pass panage i suppose. is that what you're getting at? >> absolutely. obviously they're making choices, creative choices. and that's their right. h
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Mar 22, 2013 2:00pm PDT
obama special adviser van jones and former bush speechwriter david frum. here is what it would take to repeal obama care. you understand this completely. maybe they could do it in the house where the republicans have a majority but in the senate you would need 60 votes. even if they got 60 votes, the president would veto that legislation. you need two-thirds overrides in both houses to override a presidential veto. you would need 67 votes in the senate. and that's not happening. >> that's not happening. the republicans are motivated i think by two concerns. the first is this is a very narled statute heading toward a lot of trouble that the financing mechanisms are inadequate. and what we're going to see is it is going to offer very per verse incentives to people to game the system. the subsidies aren't sufficient to cover the cost of health insurance policies. meanwhile the penalties for not buying one are quite small so the incentive for people locked out of the market is wait until the last possible minute and then take advantage of the ability to buy in. that is going to create all
CNN
Mar 22, 2013 10:00am PDT
comprehensive immigration reform. i support reform. i supported the bush reforms in 2005 and 2006. i think we can find a way of making sure that people here with an undocumented status have an ability to adjust that status. we're not going to be able to deport 12 million people. and there's a way to do this without rewarding them for breaking the line or breaking the law, without rewarding them for cutting in line so they don't have a special and unique pathway so those who came here legally who paid the fines, who waited patiently are not penalized by letting people cut in front of them. i think there's a way to do this. and i would call it earned legalization status. >> let's bring in chief political analyst gloria borger. gloria, could it be that congress might actually get a little something done here? how close are lawmakers to coming up with an immigration reform plan that everyone likes or can agree to? >> i sense your skepticism because it's hard to accept congress is going to accept something. i do think, not to be polly anna here, i think you see movement on that front. the
CNN
Mar 22, 2013 8:00pm PDT
time on it. george w. bush in the end of his administration tried. president obama didn't touch it much in the first term. now he says he's going to try but the big difference is the things that keep the israelis and palestinians from the bargaining table are still there. they feel good about the conversation a month or two or three, are they back at the table. >> the president's in jordan today. what's the focus there? >> reporter: syria. syria. syria. jordan normally a key u.s. ally in trying to nudge the palestinians on some issues. one of the few arab nations that has relationships with israel. but the refugee crisis coming into this country from syria dominated the discussions. king abdullah has a country with a tough economy to begin with. they've spent nearly $1 billion. they say they are approaching half a million syrian refugees and they think it will keep getting worse. the president promised about $200 million more. the united states is already giving quite a bit of money to the syrian refugee crisis but he promised to ask congress for $200 million more. most of the effo
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Mar 18, 2013 5:00pm PDT
. that's not true. >> not in this republican party post-george w. bush. so what you've seen is you've seen a huge swing in the party. it's gone from tea party republicans, sort of an insular, more isolationist party, come back around and -- >> because they can't win. >> we deserve -- well, don't we deserve credit for evolving, then? that's what's really going on here. i think the document's not a joke. the document is actually a sincere effort for the party to really look at. >> we unfortunately have to leave it there. gale, charles, margaret, thank you very much. we will continue this as always. find more on this story on cnn.com. >>> up next, is this man's skin color the reason why police have not investigated his killing in the three and a half years since it happened? his mother joins us along with the brother of another african-american man who was killed in a hit and run in the very same county in rural mississippi. what is going on there? we'll investigate that. >>> later, whether or not you buy jodi arias' amnesia about the details of killing her boyfriend, is the story even medica
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Mar 21, 2013 10:00am PDT
history has lived in comfort and looks like president bush the younger had a bigger white house budget than barack obama does. this is a trivial pursuit. and michele bachmann made a mistake pursuing it. >> he says bachmann is playing small ball with the president and can't backup her criticism. >>> to the politics behind the gun control debate. democrats in the senate have decided not to put a ban on assault weapons in their proposed gun control bill, that's because it's not likely to pass. they're putting more of their efforts into required background checks. vice president joe biden says he's not giving up the fight. >> this is not about anybody's constitutional right to own a weapon. for all those who say we shouldn't and can't ban assault weapons, for all those who say the politics is too hard, how can they say that? when you take a look at those 20 beautiful babies and what happened to them and those six teachers and administrators. >> gloria borger joining me now from washington. gloria, what's going on behind the scenes on capitol hill with these gun measures? >> well, if
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Mar 18, 2013 8:00pm PDT
bush's missile defense program? >> let me say this -- when another country threatens to attack your homeland, kill your people, we have to be ready and we will always do what we have to do to protect. remember, we have been in south korea for a long time. so we understand the north koreans. we know their strengths and weaknesses. we're going to make sure that they do attack or provication against our allies such as south korea, japan, taiwan, that we're going to be ready to assist them and to help them. >> thanks very much. >>> still "out front," the president is sliding in the polls pretty significantly. has he lost leverage with republicans? what does that mean for whether your taxes are going up? >>> and stephen colbert talks about his sister running for office and is talking about being white racist of itself. a war of words over race in america tonight. it's monday. a brand new start. your chance to rise and shine. with centurylink as your trusted technology partner, you can do just that. with our visionary cloud infrastructure, global broadband network and custom communication
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Mar 21, 2013 11:00pm PDT
president bush. david, joe biden long supported an assault weapons ban. but when the gun task force when he started talking about what their ideas were, he didn't even mention his remarks or anything about assault weapons ban. so he also down played it. is he trying to play both sides of the coin? >> it is hard to understand what the president is playing. it's been evident for a long time in the democratic majority senate, the votes aren't there for an assault weapons ban. and second, an even more relevant, i think few experts in the issue think that an assault weapons ban is anything like a top priority item in the field of gun safety. i mean a spectacular and hor ib as the crimes committed with assault weapons are, the day in and day out toll on americans comes from handguns, not assault weapons. and we're concerned about background checks and people domestic violence convictions or court orders. so why not do the thing that is easier to pass and has more political support and the answer may have to do with internal democratic fund-raising priorities much more than the need to pas
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Mar 20, 2013 11:00pm PDT
the republican electoral victories. george w. bush in 2004 was carried to re-election in ohio because evangelical voters swarmed to the poll to outlaw gay marriage in the state. and put that in the constitution. now we're seeing that not only was christian not anywhere in that report, god was not anywhere in there, church was not anywhere in there. there was no mention of abortion or marriage, two of the driving issues for this base. so to a lot of folks on the religious right, it seemed like the party really doesn't want that much to do with the base anymore. >> kind of amazing. that's how they interpret it. >> god comes out of it? remember when god came out on the democratic side. it does seem to be part of a broader shift. the christian base didn't win the election last fall and in four states, same-sex marriage on the ballot and lost in all four states. anti abortion candidates were also defeated. so what do you think is happening here? the evangelicals just losing all power? >> i don't think so. i still think at the core of the republican party are the social conservative
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Mar 26, 2013 8:00am PDT
attorneys, on the right, ted olson, former solicitor general under george bush. to his left, jeff boyd, they are partners in the case as plaintiffs in the prop 8 case. and they're speaking live. rest let's listen in. >> based upon the questions that the justices asked, i have no idea. the court has several ways to decide this case from a very broad sweeping conclusion with respect to the rights of our citizens in this country to a narrower ruling limited basically to california. the court never gives you an idea how they will decide it. they didn't today. they have obviously read the briefs. they care about the issues. and then we'll see what the court decides. we'll answer -- david and i will answer more questions, but i want everyone to hear from the individuals for whom this case is about, the real people, sandy and chris and jeff and paul who have been just everyone's hero right from the beginning of this case. and we're just in love with them and we're so humbled by the fact that we get to speak for them in the united states supreme court. did you want to go first? >> i'm chr
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Mar 20, 2013 4:00am PDT
triggered a recount. whoever wins that will go up against democrat elizabeth colbert bush, the sister of comedy central's stephen colbert. >> teddy turner's son finished fourth in a gop field of 16. he joins us from mt. pleasant, south carolina. you must be disappointed. an 8% showing, fourth. mark sanford seeming to, i don't know, recover some of his lost credibility with the people of south carolina. what's your take? >> well, you know, we ran a great race. we started at zero, we built our way up. you know, we had a couple logs thrown in our way. you know, some things that came out against us, but body a great race. it was a lot of fun. we had a great team. you've got to start somewhere. for the political game i'm a youngster. >> are you going to do this again? is this just a starting point for you? >> well, there's so much work left to be done. there's so many issues that we're not even touching on, especially our youth and their loss of the american dream. we've got some problems out there that folks aren't even addressing, and you know what, now that i've been in this game, it's rea
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Mar 19, 2013 6:00am PDT
elizabeth colbert bush. yes, she pronounces her name differently. in a rare interview, we see the serious side of stephen colbert. he sat down with jake tapper, host of cnn's "the lead." to discuss his sister. >> trying to help your sister. >> she's my sister, and i'm willing to, you know, break the jewel of my own creation to try to do something for her. i'm not worried about what it would do to me or my show to try to help her as myself, not as my character. and if people think that's not the right thing for me to do, i don't care. it's my sister, i'm willing to help her. >> he's a good brother. all the help might pay off. one other democrat running in today's primary. 16 republicans, including former governor mark sanford. here is more from jim acosta. >> good to see you. >> reporter: in south carolina, mark sanford needs no introduction. but after the former governor of this state famously tried to cover up an affair by falsely telling the public he was hiking the appalachian trail -- >> i've been unfaithful to my wife. >> a reintroduction wouldn't hurt. >> we can learn aa lot about g
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Mar 25, 2013 2:00pm PDT
unconstitutional, former bush solicitor general ted olsen a conservative is teaming up with high-profile liberal lawyer david boy. cnn chief political analyst gloria borger has been talking to both of these men. gloria, i find this fascinating, this relationship and how it's evolved over time. >> it is. >> how did it come together? >> the way the whole case has evolved is sort of a script that could have been written in hollywood. >> right. >> because in many ways it actually was written in hollywood. it was november 2008. barack obama had just won the white house. >> there's nothing civil about a man marrying another man! >> but proposition 8 passed, taking away the right for gays and lesbians to marry in california. >> california has made it very clear. >> we're sitting there, you know, kind of licking the wounds and saying, what do we do now 0? and serendipitously, a friend of my wife's came by the table and she says, i think you'd be very interested to find out that you might find an ally in ted olsen on your issue. >> that's the ted olsen, the conservative legal icon. >> that stunne
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Mar 18, 2013 6:00am PDT
well with karl rove, the man known as the architect of george w. bush's presidential campaigns. >> i appreciate her encouragement that i ought to go home to texas. i'd be ennewsed if i ran for office to have her support. but i don't think i'm particularly good candidate, sort of a balding fat guy. and second of all, i'd say if i did run for office and win, i'd serve out my term. i wouldn't leave office midterm. >> ouch. our question, in a i'm threat cal match-up, who wins over the republican faithful, karl rove or sarah palin? >> sarah palin. simply because she's just more likeable. you may think she's an idiot, you may think she has no idea what she's talking about, but there is something about her charisma that attracts a large number of people and causes people to want to listen to her and be attracted to her. karl rove is right. he does not have that appeal. and worse yet is that he has a lot of egg on his face from 2012 including the meltdown in ohio. so if you go past the last victories, last thing we saw from karl rove was a total melt dunn. >> he's right, it's sarah palin. ka
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Mar 22, 2013 6:00am PDT
of it, jeb bush is in favor of it, governor christie is in favor of it. practically every 2016 potential nominee being mentioned in the republican party, paul ryan, you name it, is in favor of immigration reform. so i don't know where you turn to if you're against it. >> i've got to wrap this up and i'm sure we all three will make an appearance on the rush limbaugh show later today. ana navarro, ross douthat, thanks so much for joining us. >>> burning bridges with your bosses. jay leno scorches nbc amid talks he's on the way out. coming up, some of the comedian's toughest punch lines. this is so sick! i can't believe your mom let you take her car out. this is awesome! whoooo! you're crazy. go faster! go faster! go faster! go faster! no! stop...stop... (mom) i raised my son to be careful... hi, sweetie. hi, mom. (mom) but just to be safe... i got a subaru. (announcer) love. it's what makes a subaru a subaru. >>> talk on nbc that jimmy fallon might take over "the tonight show" is no laughing matter for leno. actually, it is. here's jeanne moos. >> reporter: in a way, jay leno is
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Mar 18, 2013 11:00am PDT
from 44%, that's what george bush received, to just 27% for mitt romney. alex, why do you think that's happened, can the party reverse it? >> i think we lost our way. we for got i think that this country at some point everybody goes back and their family came here from somewhere. most americans. and we forgot that the new blood re-energizes this country. and i think part of that was the contribution that, well, we didn't have secure borders and at a time when the economy is cratering, all of a sudden it became a very dark process, we're eating our own tail. more jobs for immigrants may have meant less jobs for someone else. and the way you lead yourself out of that is, no, no, everyone has something to con tribute. let's get an immigration process that brings people who want to come here, who want to become americans, who want to contribute to this country not take from this country. and that's always been the republican message. fortunately, they allowed a few republican media consultants to stay. i'm happy about that. but our problems are bigger than just hispanics or women or young
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Mar 21, 2013 6:00am PDT
bet there is. every other president in history lived in comfort and president bush the younger had a bigger budget than barack obama does. this is a trivial pursuit and michel michele bachmann made a mistake pursuing it. >> he said she needs to focus on bigger issues. >>> will gitmo ever close? facebook.com/carol cnn or tweet me @carolcnn. a lot of heat with this question. keep it coming. you can rent a car without a reservation... and without a line. now that's a fast car. it's just another way you'll be traveling at the speed of hertz. [ male announcer ] this is a reason to look twice. the stunning lexus es. get great values on your favorite lexus models during the command performance sales event. this is the pursuit of perfection. like a squirrel stashes nuts, you may be muddling through allergies. try zyrtec® liquid gels. nothing starts working faster than zyrtec® at relieving your allergy symptoms for 24 hours. zyrtec®. love the air. >>> now to talk back on one of the big stories of the day. the question of the morning. will gitmo ever close? gitmo. seems so 2008? when presid
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Mar 20, 2013 11:00am PDT
that, a guy who can draw the maps, president bush didn't get that involved. president obama hasn't gotten that involved. they're different people, personally and how they carry themselves politically and in their philosophies. the prime minister in cracking jokes when the president has landed is trying to say, i'm trying and now we'll see if the president is trying. >> we'll get back to jessica in a moment. tom foreman, this trip comes at a time when so many israelis feel increasingly vulnerable due in large part to the major political changes occurring in the region and their neighborhood. tom is taking a closer look at that region. what are you seeing, tom? >> john made references of being able to draw the map there. it is important to bear in mind the map here. look at where the president is visiting here, he's going to really a small part of a small area, but a very important part as you know, with stops in jordan, here in israel, the yellow part in here, and in the west bank here. in this time, he's going to be grappling with many of the issues he's been talking about between
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Mar 19, 2013 8:00am PDT
others are serving life sentences. >>> ten years ago today, president george w. bush went on national television to announce the start of the u.s. invasion of iraq. he unleashed the extraordinary force known as shock and awe. remember this? massive air bombardment of saddam hussein's dictatorship. ten years later, saddam is dead, but iraqis are still being killed. the victims of sectarian bloodletting. at least 48 people killed just today in a wave of bombings across that country. here are the stats. the war killed 4,488 americans, a much greater toll for the iraqis. more than 134,000 killed. the war has cost hundreds of billions of dollars. of course, the question that always goes along with that, was it worth it? the latest gallup poll finds that a majority of americans, 53%, say sending u.s. troops to fight in iraq was a mistake. 42% agree with the decision to send our troops. cnn's martin savage was in the front lines of the invasion. he was traveling with the marines and he recently caught up with some of these he met way back when. >> fire in the hole! >> reporter: when you're e
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Mar 21, 2013 2:00pm PDT
no brainer for republicans. george w. bush won re-election in part by endorsing state bans on same sex marriage. now? >> my son came to jane my wife and i, told us that he was gay, and that it was not a choice. >> reporter: a slow move in favor of more gay rights. republicans like senator rob portman are reversing opposition to gay marriage in part because of people close to them being more open about being gay. what was your reaction when he told you? >> love. support. you know, 110%. >> reporter: gop leaders against gay marriage appear to get that their opposition has become a minority view in america and they're increasingly careful to strike a more tolerant tone. >> i respect everyone's opinion. i just gave my opinion. my opinion is born out of my childhood, my faith, my beliefs, that marriage is between one man and one woman. i respect other people's views. >> now, anecdotally in conversations with republicans in the hallways of the capitol it seems as though republicans especially those on the younger side believe that this should be not a federal issue anymore but a state is
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Mar 19, 2013 4:00am PDT
culver bush, the democrat iic favorite bush, and the sister of late night steven colbert. >> this is not a joke? >> this is not a joke. i don't think anybody thinks this is a joke. >> reporter: and because mark sanford is not expected to pick up 50% of the vote, he will have to compete in a runoff with one of the gop rivals. the former governor of south carolina. not out of the woods yet. >> interesting to see the huge field and hear the pause we saw from mark sanford. that surprised me a bit when he was asked, why should a voter in vest in you again? >> the most obvious question. you would think he would be completely prepared from it. it was such a long pause, what else is he not prepared for? you would think that's the question everybody would be waiting to ask. very odd. >> we teach with god there, is always a comeback, no one is beyond's god's mercy and forgiveness. the motto from the code of arms that pope francis said. having had mercy, he called him which referred to the calling of matthew, the tax collector, the sinner. this is an extension if i can relate it to the papacy o
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Mar 23, 2013 7:00pm PDT
himself, yish. dean, you say that president obama used his comedy as a weapon. we have president bush doing to presidential humor. we've seen more of than a couple from president obama. >> this is my last white house correspondents' dinner as president. i'm not sure what i'm going to do next. after he left office, vice president gore won an oscar and the nobel peace prize. hey, i don't know, i might win a prize, publishing clearinghouse or something. >> i went shopping at some stores in midtown. i understand governor romney went shopping for some stores in midtown. it's great to be here this evening in the vast, magnificent hilton ballroom or what mitt romney would call a little fixer-upper. >> dean, you see this as a big change in presidential joking, right? the attack comic. >> it is. i wrote about it in my cnn opinion article. you can see the contrast in jokes from reagan making fun of himself for being old. bush made fun of his inability to speak english. self-deprecating humor, you can't go wrong. it makes people like you. no one's offended because you're making fun of yourself.
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Mar 20, 2013 9:00am PDT
chavez, but this time it's his successor maduro saying the pentagon, the cia and two former bush administration officials are plotting to assassinate his opponent. his opponent in next month's presidential election. here's rafael romo. >> at a campaign stop in the south seas, nicolas maduro addresses farmers. at a cabinet meeting a military style green shirt while addressing the country on tv, but it's what venezuela's acting president's saying is what's making waves. he's claimed there's a conspiracy orchestrated in the united states to kill venezuela opposition candidate. the ultimate goal maduro says is destabilizing the country. two fierce critics of the venezuelan social government who worked for the u.s. state department under president and bush. he responded with an accusation of his own tweeting these charges are so far removed from reality they may as well be a smoke screen behind which the venezuela government is planning to eliminate capriles. >> the united states categorically rejects allegations of any u.s. government involvement in any plot to destabilize the venezu
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Mar 26, 2013 2:00am PDT
president, bush, carter, the things being dished out for pension, office space, even phone bills. >> and pay what you weigh. uproar over a proposal to hike your plane ticket price if you're fat. welcome back to "early start." i'm christine romans in for john berman. a lot of people talking about that story. >> we want your name, your weight and your height when you're booking an airline ticket. i'm zoraida sambolin. 29 minutes past the hour. we begin with breaking news overseas. amanda knox will be retried for the murder of her roommate, meredith kercher. the decision came down about an hour ago. knox spent four years in prison before an appeals court overturned the original 2007 conviction. kercher was found dead in their apartment with her throat slashed. cnn's ben wedeman is in rome with the latest developments. >> reporter: the italian supreme court has ruled that amanda knox and her former italian boyfriend raffaele sollecito must stand for a retrial. this came after lengthy deliberations on monday in which the prosecution argued that the broad body of evidence collected by
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Mar 26, 2013 10:00am PDT
bush v. gore, is at the mantel of making sure that same-sex marriage is upheld as a constitutional right and you have many prominent republicans who have decided they are in support of same-sex marriage. that was a group that was pretty much in your camp. >> marriage is not a partisan issue. we saw in november of 2012, when four stated voted on marriage, we had tens of thousands of democrats in those states voting for marriage as marriage outdid the republican presidential ticket. this is not a partisan issue. this is an issue that unite the country. we've seen red and blue state as like vote to uphold marriages as a union between one man and woman. it's an american issue. we need to leave it to the american people. >> we'll see how this supreme court weighs in on all of this. it's far from over. we'll be hearing some oral arguments, audiotapes inside. also following tomorrow because case number two goes before the supreme court regarding same-sex marriage. thank you, good to have you. >>> debate raging today whether or not people who actually weigh more should pay more to fly. a e
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Mar 26, 2013 2:00pm PDT
no one who watches the court came from justice antonin scalia talking to ted olson, the former bush solicitor general arguing against proposition 8, arguing in favor of same-sex marriage. listen to then and then we'll talk about it. >> when did the law become this? >> if i may answer this in the form of a rhetorical question? when did it become unconstitutional to prohibit interracial marriages? when did it become unconstitutional to assign children to -- >> easy question i think for that one. at the time that the equal protection clause was adopted. that's absolutely true. but don't give me a question to my question. when do you think it became unconstitutional? has it always been unconstitutional? >> when the california supreme court faced the decision, which it had never faced before, excluding gay and lesbian citizens who are a class based upon their status as homo sexuals -- >> that's not when it became unconstitutional, that's when they acted in an unconstitutional manner. >> for lack of a better term, a bit of a smackdown. gloria, to you. you know ted olson's mind better than
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Mar 18, 2013 9:00am PDT
extremely frustrating cover the white house under president bush is we could really not get a handle on a number of civilians, iraqi civilians who were impacted and killed by this war. you have the numbers, the tallies for americans, but not for the iraqi civilians. you speak with this man, i get a sense that every family, every person there is touched or perhaps knows somebody who's been killed. >> yeah. absolutely. i mean, just about everyone who you speak to does. and the other thing too is driving through most parts of the country it's hard to find a neighborhood that hasn't somehow been touched by some sort of a tragedy. the other thing now that you mention that was quite frustrating too about reporting early on is that remember for the longest time the u.s. administration and military were actually denying that the violence was as bad as it was until the numbers became so high, the attacks became so frequent that they couldn't deny it anymore. and now the tally for iraqi casualties ranges from tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands. >> yeah. i think some estimates as high a
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Mar 21, 2013 1:00pm PDT
on foreign relations is joining us and i invited ari fleischer the former bush white house press secretary. he is very active in the republican jewish coalition and i am curious to see what he thought of the president's speech, what he thought of the president's visit to israel. we have a lot coming up. >> all coming up in "the situation room." dennis rodman, a little advice if you want to stay bff with the leader of a rogue state you might want to keep your mouth shut. a little secret north korea's leader didn't want anyone to know. know. that's our buried lead next. what's going on? carrots...craveable. sabra hummus: dip life to the fullest. ...and we inspected his brakes for free. -free is good. -free is very good. [ male announcer ] now get 50% off brake pads and shoes at meineke.
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Mar 18, 2013 1:00pm PDT
begin -- not completely win the conversation bush but begin the conversation of trying to win these voters that are young, that are not white, that republicans have done poorly with in the past. >> tim, i want to ask you about something. a lot of conservatives, one of the issues they have with today's announcement, is mr. priebus and others in the republican autopsy review board announced that they thought the primary process should be shorter. there should be fewer debates. >> mm-hmm. >> and a lot of conservatives are saying, you're just trying to ram another squish through the general election -- through the primary process. >> yes. >> and not give the candidates room to compete. >> if the report had been one page, and it had said don't nominate a squish, there would still be those accusations from the grassroots of the rnc. someone contractually obligated to cover the debate, i think it's great to reduce the number. we had 23 the last time. and we need six or seven. most of the guys have everything they have had to say. when you have 20 or so, it dilutes the value of each one of
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Mar 24, 2013 7:00am PDT
gdp under bush one and then they came way down. people said, oh, look at these scary numbers about rising interest payments, they, the scenario we're supposed to be afraid of is the things we go back to the way they were 20 years ago, which doesn't seem all that scary. >> let's look at that. we have a chart with precisely that. you see three lines. this is the net interest payments and this is a fairly modest, modest rate increases. and what you see here is nonentitlement spending. you see how they get, they come down. what i want to ask you, as a liberal, don't you worry that if entitlements continue to go up and nothing is done about it, what is going to happen is, forget about defense, but look at nondefense discretionary spending. this is education. this is, all the kinds of programs that you're passionate about that are naturally and necessarily almost going to get squeezed as entitlement spending becomes larger and larger. >> they're going to get squeezed, again, if we look beyond, if we look past and we look to the year 2025, 2030, something has to give. we can't keep squeez
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